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South American Species
South American cichlids represent a very diverse group of fish that are well represented in the aquarium hobby. They range from the diminutive Ramirezi to hefty Oscars, and their behaviors vary from extremely peaceful to belligerent bordering on murderous.
With species that vary so greatly in body, habitat and behaviors, it is very difficult to generalize, and these fish really need to be discussed on an individual basis.
Some of these cichlids work very well in peaceful community tanks, others will mix well with many of the Central American cichlids, and still others will only really thrive in a single species tank.